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Breaking it Down - ArenaBowl XXII edition
Andy Lopusnak,

In the season finale of Breaking it Down, the world’s longest named championship, the Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII New Orleans, will be broken down statistically and historically like no where else but right here on

My trip to ArenaBowl XXII
Fran Stuchbury, OurSports Central

This was the sixth ArenaBowl I have attended, the first since ArenaBowl XIX in Las Vegas. While I was waiting for my flight at the Philadelphia airport I spoke to several Philadelphia Soul fans who said they were very excited about going to New Orleans. I was also on the same flight as Philadelphia Soul team president Ron Jaworski.

Soul Generate 5.3 Local Rating for ArenaBowl XXII
Philadelphia Soul Press Release

Sunday’s Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII win for the Philadelphia Soul was the most watched Arena Football game in the history of the franchise, recording a 5.3 rating and an 11 share within the local market.

It's all about Soul
Andy Lopusnak,

With Jon Bon Jovi guaranteeing a free concert to the residents of Philly because the Soul won ArenaBowl XXII 59-56 over the San Jose SaberCats this past Sunday, I got to thinking how this could be marketed to maximize exposure for the AFL and the Soul.

Philadelphia Soul Championship Celebration Set
Philadelphia Soul Press Release

The Philadelphia Soul will celebrate bringing home the franchise’s first ArenaBowl title in style on Thursday, July 31 at 3 pm as the City of Philadelphia hosts a Championship Celebration at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Soul's win a bit too dramatic
Philadelphia Inquirer

When Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi left his seat Sunday to head down to his team's locker room and celebrate the franchise's first ArenaBowl title, it was before the San Jose SaberCats scored 14 points in 11 seconds to suddenly put the outcome of the game in doubt.

Record effort not enough
Bakersfield Californian (subscription)

The fact that Bakersfield native Rodney Wright set a new ArenaBowl record for the most receptions in a game was irrelevant. Wright and the San Jose SaberCats suffered a narrow 59-56 loss to the Philadelphia Soul.

Championship repeat falls just out of reach
San Jose Mercury News

Philadelphia held off a late SaberCats surge to claim a 59-56 victory Sunday in ArenaBowl XXII, denying San Jose's bid for a second consecutive championship before 17,244 fans at the New Orleans Arena.

ArenaBowl win has few Soul searching in Delco
Delaware County Daily Times

The half-dozen patrons in the bar cheered for a moment, then turned back to what they were doing before the win: Watching the Phillies game.

Soul win it all in New Orleans, topping San Jose in ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Soul Press Release

The Philadelphia Soul capped a pressure-packed season with its first Arena Football League Championship, knocking off the defending champion San Jose Sabercats, 59-56, in ArenaBowl XXII Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.

Philadelphia Soul win ArenaBowl XXII
Joe Kauffman,

The Philadelphia Soul successfully covers a desperate last-second onside kick to win their first championship since joining the Arena Football League with a 59-56 victory over the San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXII New Orleans in front of 17,244.

SaberCats fall short in comeback
San Jose SaberCats Press Release

Quarterback Matt D’Orazio passed for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Philadelphia Soul hung on for a 59-56 win over defending champion San Jose, but not before the SaberCats gave a gallant comeback in the final minutes of ArenaBowl XXII Sunday afternoon in New Orleans Arena.

San Jose’s Back-to-Back Bid Busted
Adam Markowitz,

In an attempt to become the third franchise in Arena Football League history to record back-to-back ArenaBowl titles, the San Jose SaberCats found themselves on the short end of a 59-56 final.

Super Soul Win ArenaBowl XXII 59-56
Adam Markowitz,

For the city of Philadelphia, winning the individual games has always come relatively easily. But winning THE individual game of importance has been something that hadn’t happened since 1983 when the 76ers won the NBA Finals. But thanks to a smothering defense and a near perfect offensive effort, the Soul will return back to the City of Brotherly Love with the Foster Trophy. The Soul captured the ArenaBowl XXII crown by the count of 59-56.

Brown, Soul aim for a championship
Charleston Post Courier

In the spring of 2002, Charleston Southern senior defensive back Mike Brown remembers packing his belongings for the trip home to Maryland, his college career complete, no professional prospects looming, and uncertainty clouding his future.

Soul have Coast connections
Biloxi Sun Herald

Not only has Davis adjusted to the AFL, he's on the verge of helping the Soul win a world championship today against the San Jose Sabercats in the New Orleans Arena.

Arena Bowl XXII: Stage set for Saintil
Naples Daily News

When he takes the field in New Orleans for Arena Bowl XXII this afternoon, Naples High grad Cleannord Saintil will find himself in the same spot he was a year ago.

Jawarski still possesses soul of a champion
The Times-Picayune -

It's true Ron Jaworski, known as Jaws, did not win a single world championship for his favorite town. But anyone who spent 10 of his 17 seasons in the NFL, starting 116 consecutive games at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, deserves some kind of Purple Heart, simply for survival.

SaberCats, Soul ready to test skills at ArenaBowl
The Times-Picayune -

If Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII is anything like the regular-season meeting between the Philadelphia Soul and San Jose SaberCats, outgoing AFL commissioner David Baker might consider tearing up his resignation.

Ex-Rush QB back in big way, in big game
Chicago Tribune

"I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't a little bit hurt [when released]," said D'Orazio, who quarterbacked the Rush to a 2006 ArenaBowl title. "I thought for sure I was going back to Chicago and was working on my rehab when I got the news."

Keefe ready for role in AFL's ArenaBowl

And former Mercyhurst College defensive back Rob Keefe will take the stage with his Philadelphia Soul-mates, playing a role that could make the difference in Sunday's Arena Football League ArenaBowl XXII against the defending champion San Jose SaberCats at the New Orleans Arena.

Philadelphia Soul seeking championship today
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Soul claimed a 58-57 victory after SaberCats kicker A.J. Haglund missed a 48-yard field goal as time ran out. The Soul, who trailed by 33-14 at intermission, went up for good on a two-point conversion run by Clifton Smith with 10 seconds to play.

Coaching for Odom his arena
Florida Today

A year later, he is in New Orleans, helping prepare the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League for today's championship game against San Jose (TV: 3 p.m., ABC).

Monterey County Herald

The SaberCats' Darren Arbet is one of the most successful coaches in the 22-year history of the Arena Football League, but you'd never know it by watching him on the practice field.

SaberCats notebook: Team focused and ready to go
San Jose Mercury News

The SaberCats completed a light day of preparations for Arena Bowl XXII on Saturday and seemed ready for their championship clash against Philadelphia at noon today at New Orleans Arena.

Ex-Javs Moten, Holmes to suit up for today's ArenaBowl XXII
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Brent Holmes knew he wanted to keep playing football after a standout senior season at Texas A&M-Kingsville, he just didn't know where.

Arena Football League gaining credibility

Today's ArenaBowl XXII won't garner Super Bowl TV ratings, but you can bet that a flock of NFL scouts will be watching when the Philadelphia Soul take on the San Jose SaberCats.

ArenaBowl XXII: Pregame musings
The Times-Picayune -

Your friendly neighborhood blogger is here in the New Orleans Arena for ArenaBowl XXII, and seeing as how the New Orleans VooDoo failed to advance to the big game for the second consecutive year, I've got to say I'm darn impressed by back-to-back sellouts for the City of New Orleans.

Soul Hold On To Win First ArenaBowl, 59-56
MyFox Philadelphia

Matt D'Orazio threw seven touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Philadelphia Soul to their first ArenaBowl victory, beating defending AFL champion San Jose 59-56 on Sunday.

Soul wins ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Inquirer

But in a game in which touchdowns come one after another and the points usually keep piling up, it was not that easy for the Soul. Before they could finally claim a 59-56 victory over the San Jose SaberCats, the Soul had to sweat it out after the defending champions erased all but three points of a 17-point deficit.

The New Soul of Philadelphia

Move over Eagles, the Philadelphia Soul are the hottest football team in Philly, and the newest city champs, having won ArenaBowl 22 Sunday. The Soul beat the reigning champion San Jose SaberCats 59-56 in their first ArenaBowl, withstanding a tense late 4th quarter comeback by San Jose.

At least one team cam win
Philadelphia Metro

As the third quarter of ArenaBowl XXII came to a close yesterday afternoon, the televisions above Finn McCool's bar at 12th and Sansom streets featured a Canadian tennis match and a WNBA game.

Arena Bowl: For once, Saintil’s team comes up short
Naples Daily News

Cleannord Saintil has spent much of his football career celebrating championships.

The AFL tomorrow
Tim Ball,

What’s going on in the office meetings between the franchise owners and the league office? We think of AFL success as a game won by massive and furious football players and run by business people that control things.

ArenaBowl XXII Photo Gallery

Soul Set to Reverse the Philly Curse
Adam Markowitz,

For the residents of Philadelphia, the curse of the Bambino was nothing. All of the mumbo jumbo about some goat in Chicago is meaningless. In Philly, the only jinx that matters is known as the Curse of William Penn.

Soul can win one for Jaws in Arena
Youngstown Vindicator

Here’s one “Jaws” sequel Ron Jaworski hopes ends up better than the original. Jaworski’s last trip to New Orleans with a championship on the line was a dud. The Philadelphia Eagles lost the Super Bowl to Oakland and he never made it back.

Hughes gets his shot at glory
Virginia Gazette

The first time seems to be the charm for Connor Hughes, who finds himself playing in ArenaBowl XXII during his rookie season in the AFL. The Lafayette High grad signed with the Philadelphia Soul in the 2007 offseason and has been kicking for that team ever since.

Jackson has given Soul push forward
Cherry Hill Courier Post

After disappointing exits from the Arena Football League playoffs in 2006 and 2007, the Philadelphia Soul acknowledged they needed to sign a big-name player. Enter receiver Chris Jackson.

Two QBs, and two roads to the ArenaBowl
San Jose Mercury News

Sunday will mark the first time former ArenaBowl MVP quarterbacks have squared off in the title game. But San Jose's Mark Grieb and Philadelphia's Matt D'Orazio have traversed very different paths to New Orleans.

Purdy: On behalf of SJ and the SaberCats
San Jose Mercury News

Bob, if you lived in one of the fabled pioneering AFL cities, as I do, you would never ask such ignorant questions. The SaberCats have been in San Jose since 1995. They have won three ArenaBowl championships, a veritable dynasty.

Jason Geathers does it all for Arena Football League's SaberCats
Palm Beach Post

The former Spanish River High and University of Miami standout became the first player in Arena Football League history last week to score a touchdown three different ways.

Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII sold out
AFL Press Release

Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII New Orleans is officially sold out, the Arena Football League announced today. It is the second consecutive sell out of a neutral-site ArenaBowl, which began in 2005 with ArenaBowl XIX Las Vegas.

Healed D'Orazio is Soul's new star
Chicago Tribune

After the Rush released him last November because it was uncertain about his recovery from back surgery, the 31-year-old quarterback found new life in Philadelphia.

Commissioner Baker resigns
Adam Markowitz,

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Arena Football League Commissioner David Baker resigned from his position after twelve seasons. The report was sent in at 5:18 CT by Barry Wilner. The shocking decision comes two days before ArenaBowl XXII between the Philadelphia Soul and San Jose SaberCats.

Championship spirit shines in New Orleans
USA Today

Sunday, the Arena Football League will crown its champion in New Orleans after what promises to be a great game between the Philadelphia Soul and the San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXII.

ArenaBowl switch put AFL in big-time
The Times-Picayune -

Moving the ArenaBowl to a predesignated site enables the league to plan more activities for the weekend, ranging from the free Huey Lewis & the News concert Saturday night in the Jax Brewery parking lot to a golf tournament at TPC Louisiana for current and potential sponsors.

Fontana native in Arena Bowl
San Bernardino Sun

Of course, any Sunday playing football is super for Alan Harper of the San Jose Sabercats. It didn't take divine intervention or some sort of tragedy for the 28-year-old Fontana native to come to this realization, only the kind of perspective that is gained through life experience.

QB D'Orazio uses his heart in leading Soul
Cherry Hill Courier Post

He would sit behind talented starter Tony Graziani, destined to be a backup. D'Orazio understood his position and was grateful for the opportunity.

Secret to SaberCats' success: Dreaming of NFL, playing well now
San Jose Mercury News

That sentiment is shared by everyone in the Arena Football League. But the SaberCats are going for their fourth title in seven years in ArenaBowl XXII because they shrewdly have molded a team of players willing to downsize those NFL aspirations.

Arena football not in Philadelphia area's Soul yet

Champs Sports is supposed to be the official supplier of Soul merchandise. Good luck finding a D'Orazio jersey, though, or much else, since several Champs contacted hadn't received a fresh batch of Soul merchandise since the season began.

ESPN Magazine

Despite months of fanfare, there's a good chance the ArenaBowl has snuck up on you.

Philadelphia's Jackson can ascend multiple receiving records in ArenaBowl XXII
AFL Press Release

Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON can move up in multiple postseason receiving records categories when the Soul (15-3) host the San Jose SaberCats (13-5) at New Orleans Arena in Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII

ArenaBowl XXII Podcast Interviews Press Release brings you interviews from Radio Row at ArenaBowl XII in New Orleans

Munsey: 'Soul Man' for West Virginia
Charleston Gazette

ANYONE AROUND here looking for a rooting interest in Sunday's Arena Bowl ought to know they have some Soul brothers working for them in New Orleans.

Soul land in New Orleans, await ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post

The Philadelphia Soul touched down on Louisiana soil Wednesday night, marking their official arrival to the city of New Orleans and premier appearance at the ArenaBowl. As the players stepped down from the bus to enter the hotel lobby there was a definite sense of excitement and an overhanging sigh of relief.

Jaworski won't keep tabs on Soul players in New Orleans
Philadelphia Daily News

The stakes may not be quite as high, but Ron Jaworski has been here before. And he's determined not to make the same mistake twice.

Little heads to New Orleans for ArenaBowl
The Southern

The former Southern Illinois University wide receiver had offers to play in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League in May, but chose to learn from the sideline. Now a member of the practice squad for the AFL's San Jose SaberCats, he hopes to help the defending league champions defend their title July 27 in New Orleans.

Soul, D'Orazio look to dethrone SaberCats in championship
USA Today

Philadelphia Soul quarterback Tony Graziani was supposed to be the one to lead the franchise to its first-ever title after guiding the team to the Arena Football League playoffs in 2006 and 2007.

Beat the Guru: ArenaBowl XXII
Adam Markowitz,

Welcome to the big time, boys and girls! After 17 weeks of regular season play, three weeks of postseason play, and an absolutely unnecessary bye week, we’ve finally hit the week of ArenaBowl XXII, and you’ve hit your headquarters for the gambling scoop on the 2008 title game.

Soul, Sabercats set for ArenaBowl
Boston Herald

When the Soul take on the San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXII on Sunday in New Orleans, they will be out to earn the franchise’s first league title against a defending champion that has claimed the crown three times in the last six years.

A Moment with San Jose’s MamaCat
Adam Markowitz,

For anyone that’s read my writing over the years, you know that I can be a bit of a controversial character. Amongst dozens of feedbacks received, I got one from a woman who signed her email as “MamaCat.” I got to know her by her real name, Shelly Grieb. I’ll never forget the first time she revealed her identity to me. I responded along the lines of, “YOU’RE the mother of Mark Freaking Grieb???”

Lafayette grad enjoying ArenaBowl ride with Soul
Daily Press

Count Connor Hughes as a convert — a traditionalist who has embraced indoor contact with padded barriers, and high-scoring entertainment viewed by frenzied fans practically close enough to touch the action.

Arena Bowl championship chatter (July 23)
The Times-Picayune -

Commissioner David Baker will be participating in a roundtable interview with members of the New Orleans media at 4:30 p.m. CT to discuss the upcoming game and League issues.

Soul edged SaberCats in ArenaBowl preview
San Jose Mercury News

The SaberCats, once again scuffling through the opening weeks of the Arena Football League season, had the unbeaten Philadelphia Soul on the ropes. San Jose scored the first 20 points, led 33-7 late in the first half and was up 57-50 with 11 seconds remaining. But when A.J. Haglund's 48-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the right upright as time expired, the Soul escaped with a 58-57 victory.

Arena Bowl championship chatter (July 21)
The Times-Picayune -

Philadelphia Soul head coach BRET MUNSEY on Al Lucas Hero Award winner DB MIKE BROWN: "He is a fan favorite, a coach's favorite, and a teammate favorite. If you could have a lot of Mike Browns on the team, you would be alright."

Graveyard Showdown

Philadelphia is only a 5-year-old franchise but its public profile is greater than some of its more seasoned counterparts. For starters, the Soul has a rock star for an owner. No, really, a legitimate rock star — Jon Bon Jovi is a co-majority owner of the team.

Graziani says watching isn't easy
Philadelphia Inquirer

Now, as the Soul prepare for their first-ever ArenaBowl next Sunday, Graziani is on the bench, the backup to Matt D'Orazio. While Graziani missed time this season, D'Orazio emerged as the league's top-rated passer.

Soul roll toward goal
Cherry Hill Courier Post

No one could blame Philadelphia Soul players, coaches and management for breaking into a joyful celebration last week when the team defeated Cleveland and earned its way into the ArenaBowl.

Rampage dancer excited about ArenaBowl trip
The Grand Rapids Press -

"I got an e-mail from the Rampage office, who heard from the league," Albert said. "I was really excited to make it. I would have been excited for any of the other girls on the team to make it, but I'm excited to be going in my first year I'm eligible to go."

Hollywood recording artist Jordan Pruitt to perform at Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII
AFL Press Release

Hollywood Recording artist JORDAN PRUITT will perform two concerts throughout ArenaBowl XXII Weekend, the Arena Football League announced today.

D'Orazio is no stranger to ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post

Since he first took over as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Soul for then-injured Tony Graziani during Week 3 of the Arena Football League season, Matt D'Orazio has been the talk of the league.

Free Bon Jovi in our future
Philadelphia Inquirer

If the Philadelphia Soul win the Arena Football League championship, keep your ears open. It seems likely that Bon Jovi will throw a free concert.

From dome to dome, Smith spotlighted in Arena Bowl XXII

Former Syracuse Orange and present Philadelphia Soul RB/LB Clifton Smith will partake in the Arena Football League’s Virgin Mobile Arena Bowl XXII on Sunday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. in New Orleans.

Officials for Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII announced
AFL Press Release

The Arena Football League today announced the officials for Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII at New Orleans Arena on Sunday, July 27 at 3 p.m. ET (ABC HD)

Getting Defensive
Andy Lopusnak,

Over the last three seasons, the Arena Football League has seen an explosion of offense and points. In the league’s first 19 years, there was just one quarterback with 100 or more passing touchdowns. Three years later, seven times there’s been a gunslinger reaching the century mark. But the growing trend in this seemingly defenseless league has been to hire defensive-minded head coaches.

Former Concord WR to coach in Arena Bowl XXII
Beckley Register-Herald

Bret Munsey, head coach of the Philadelphia Soul and a Concord College (now University) graduate, led his team into the Arena Football League (AFL) finals with a 15-3 record this season, its best ever mark.

A Soul parade won't be major event in Philly
Philadelphia Daily News

The Soul could win the next five ArenaBowls, but until the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies or Sixers manage to win either a Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, the World Series or the NBA Final, Philadelphia will remain recognized as the city that has gone without a professional team championship since 1983.

SaberCats' top receiver out
San Jose Mercury News

The SaberCats will be without top receiver James Roe when they play for the Arena Football League championship July 27 in New Orleans.

McIntyre bowl bound again
Tahoe Daily Tribune

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end participated in four bowl games while at Fresno State University, and for the past two years he has been part of the San Jose SaberCats' ArenaBowl teams.

Players, dancers, mascots & Miss America to appear at inaugural ArenaBowl Kids Zone
AFL Press Release

ArenaBowl XXII Weekend is full of events and the Arena Football League announced today the newest addition to the weekend with ArenaBowl XXII Kid Zone, a free event open to the public to be held on Saturday, July 26 at the New Orleans VooDoo/Saints Complex from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Soul stands in the way of San Jose repeat at ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Daily News

"They are the team that has been up at the No. 1 spot for a number of years and that's what we're striving to do here in Philadelphia," Soul coach Bret Munsey said. "We're going to respect them, but we're not going to be scared now. It's going to be a helluva game."

Soul, SaberCats prep for AFL showdown
Cherry Hill Courier Post

When the Soul and the San Jose SaberCats last met, the teams produced a game Arena Football League fans won't soon forget.

Soul Owner Enjoying Team's Success
Comcast SportsNet

The rocker's Arena Football League team keeps on going. Up ahead for the Philadelphia Soul -- the San Jose Sabercats in the ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans. Bon Jovi will be there, but he'll leave his guitar and his greatest hits behind.

Jaworski hopes area fans embrace Soul's title chase
Cherry Hill Courier Post

So even though Jaworski is hoping area fans will jump on the bandwagon for the Soul, the newly crowned National Conference champions of the Arena Football League, the team president knows he may have a tough sell.

No typical day for Philadelphia Soul quarterback D'Orazio
Philadelphia Daily News

cal day for Philadelphia Soul quarterback D'OrazioPhiladelphia Daily News, PA - 36 minutes agoAttentive father, devout Christian and Arena Football League Player of the Year . . . hard to make a guy like that look bad. *

OurSports Central Interview: Philadelphia Soul radio announcer Ari Wolfe
Fran Stuchbury, OurSports Central

OurSports Central contributor Fran Stuchbury spoke to Philadelphia Soul broadcaster Ari Wolfe following the team's 70-35 win over the Cleveland Gladiators in the Arena Football League's National Conference Championship game. Wolfe, who also was the broadcaster for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds starting back in 1998, will now follow the Soul to ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans.

Foster ArenaBowl trophy to be presented next Sunday
AFL Press Release

For the 22nd time in Arena Football League history, an ArenaBowl champion will be crowned. For the fifth time in League history, the Foster ArenaBowl Trophy will be presented to the ArenaBowl champions. The current Foster ArenaBowl Trophy was created in 2004 and replaced the League’s previous trophy that was introduced in 1992.

SaberCats get chance to defend title
San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Grieb and the defending champion SaberCats are back in the Arena Bowl, and the Rampage's playoff run is over.

Bourbon St. special: Bowl of Soul
Delaware County Daily Times

Saturday, there was no clunk. It was replaced by a thump - the sound of the Soul pounding on the Cleveland Gladiators.

Between the Pads
Most Passing Yards
302 yards, D'Orazio, Philadelphia
Most Receiving Yards
146 yards, Jackson, Philadelphia
Most Rushing Yards
8 yards, D'Orazio, Philadelphia
Most Passing TDs
8 TDs, Grieb, San Jose
Most Receiving TDs
5 TDs, Geathers, San Jose
Most Rushing TDs
1 TDs, D'Orazio, Philadelphia
Longest TD Pass
34 yards, D'Orazio to Holmes, Philadelphia
Longest TD Run
8 yards, D'Orazio, Philadelphia
Most INTs Thrown
1 INTs, Grieb, San Jose